Determining The Root of Hard-Drive Failure(s)
I really wish I had a picture of my old PSU (Power Supply Unit) from my computer. Needless to say every hard-drive I threw at it died. The reason MY PSU was killing my hard drives is because it was spiking on the rails during certain operations. For example sometimes I felt like it would freeze on start-up, and hold the power button after about 10 minutes of waiting for it to start up on its own to force it to shut-down and start it up again. During this forceful shutdown process is when it killed my drive due to the PSU spiking voltages on the rails during this time.
The result of these voltage spikes was the click of death.
This resulted in the hard-drives I had no longer being recognized at all rendering them completely useless.
If you have internal hard-drives and want them to live a very long life probably the best things to do is never leave them on an extremely old power supply unit. 5 Years Max. Any longer and your running on lower efficiency equipment that might not be able to handle power fluctuations very well, and eventually “kill” your hard drive or drive(s).
I’ll create more post or expand on how to identify hard-drive failure.
5 ways to squeeze more space out of your Hard Drive
We compiled a list of the 5 best ways we think you can improve the amount of space you have on your hard drive. While we can’t tell you how to physically increase your limit which is currently impossible. We can help you squeeze the most out of your HDD.
- My first recommendation is do some spring cleaning by download a program called CCLeaner. This excellent little program can free up literally over a hundred gigs on a computer if its that badly cluttered and even make it run faster by removing unneeded files. Beyond this also delete files you do not need any more.
- Online file storage yes its very useful. Well computer failure can happen at any moment so it is best to always have at least a backup of important files. Google Drive is the perfect solution. You install it sign in and all it does is creates a “Google Drive” folder that you place files into and they are synchronized to your online account. Files you delete are also removed so treat it as a normal folder, but the benefit is anything in this folder is also available from your Google Drive on your Google+ account wherever you go and you can be rest assured Google will protect your important data. Though if your trying to save disk space you can go into your settings and allow files to be uploaded to your account, but not deleted if you remove them from your Google Drive folder on your desktop or wherever you have it. 15 Gigabytes for free which is plenty of storage for all your important documents and files.
- Turn off system restore! Unless you really feel like you will need it system restore will eat up a GIGANTIC portion of your disk space, and if you have a bad virus come along won’t exactly help you fix the problem but more likely give you more headaches. I’ve use it in the past and was let down each time. To turn it off go to the start menu, right click my computer and go to properties. From here click system protection on the left hand column. From this screen you can see all your drives and if system restore is turned on or not. It likely is turned on for your main drive you can either reduce the disk space it is allowed to use or turn it off. I recommend turning it off. Your computer might appear to freeze after you click “OK” to turn it off, but its actually removing all the data it has accumulated. Depending on your computer this could free up a few gigs to almost twenty or more.
- Assuming you have more than one hard drive you can compress an entire hard drive to save disk space. This however will significantly reduce performance on this drive, and should only be used on back-up drives. You can do this by going to my computer right clicking the drive you want to compress than click properties and than click “Compress this disk drive to save space”. This will free up some space by compressing everything on the drive but as mentioned it will reduce performance on the drive as every file accessed will have to be uncompressed to use.
- Create RAR archives of files you want but don’t use often. If your like me every once and awhile you just create a folder called “Storage” and give it a date in the title or something. Than you throw a bunch of stuff in it and put it on your external or in the corner of your desktop or what have you. Well a great way to save disk space is to compress these specific archives. Depending on the types of files in the archive this can save you loads of space! You can download WinRAR from here. rarlab.com